IECAM has been working with the Child Find Project in Illinois to develop maps based on collected data. These data include the total number of children screened for disabilities, the number of children who are referred for further evaluation, and the rate of children referred (number referred/number screened). Below are the most recent maps showing CFC region and zip code level data. As you will see the data is incomplete, particularly in the zip code level maps. This is a work in progress and relies upon the data submitted to the Child Find Project.

Note on CFC regions from the CFC website: “Child and Family Connections (CFC) are the regional intake agencies for children and families to enter the Illinois Early Intervention System. There are 25 CFC regions located around the state, each being responsible for a specific geographic area. Cook county includes 7 CFC agencies that are broken down by zip code to determine the geographic area served.” More information, and a listing of CFCs, can be found on the Child and Family Connections website.

Note on “Q”: “Q” refers to one of four (4) 3-month time periods beginning on July 1st (Q1).

What is Child Find?

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to have a comprehensive system to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, for early intervention or special education services.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2 years of age) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.

Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

For more information:

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/child-find-what-it-is-and-how-it-works

In Illinois:

The Child Find Project Website offers information and resources related to the earliest possible identification of young children and their families who may benefit from early intervention and special education services. The project provides free public awareness services as part of the comprehensive Child Find system.

The goal of the Child Find Project is to educate the public about the importance of early intervention and early childhood special education services for eligible children as early as possible in their development.

The Child Find Project develops and disseminates informational education materials, and resource and service information to Illinois school districts, early intervention providers, health care providers, families, child care providers, educators, families and the general public.

The Child Find Project assists professionals with meeting Child Find mandates as required by IDEA.

Note: In Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education is the lead agency for Preschool Special Education IDEA Part B services, and the Illinois Department of Human Services is the lead agency for IDEA Part C services. The Child Find Project is funded entirely by federal IDEA Part B discretionary dollars.